Jennifer L. Bowen

Jennifer Bowen

Associate Professor - Mathematics

Office: Lilly 203
Phone: 330-263-2037
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • B.A., Boston College, 1998
  • M.S., The University of Virginia 2001
  • Ph.D., The University of Virginia 2005

Courses Taught at Wooster

  • Abstract Algebra I and II
  • Math in Contemporary Society
  • Basic Statistics
  • Calculus and Analytic Geometry I and II
  • Multivariate Calculus
  • First Year Seminar
  • Linear Algebra
  • Number Theory
  • Problem Seminar
  • Transitions to Advanced Mathematics

Recent Senior Theses Advised

  • The First Spacewalk: An Exploration of Mathematical and Cultural Implications of the Space Race  (Aidan Brown Math and Russian Studies, 2018)
  • The Earth-Moon Problem: A Study in Topological Graph Theory (Robert Gates, 2017)
  • Skilled Emigration, Return, and Human Capital Formation: A Game Theoretic Approach (Ruben Aguero Quinteros, Math and Economics, 2017)
  • Clear Communication: Construction and Implementation of Error-Correcting Codes (Alex Iudice, Math and Computer Science, 2017)
  • The Rubik's Cube: A Look into Group Theory (Tori McCoy, 2017)
  • A Comparative Analysis of Photon and Electron Wave Functions in Spherically Symmetric Potentials (Micheal Bush, Math and Physics, 2016)
  • Dirichlet Tesselations (Nakesha Newsome, 2016)
  • Set Theory Building: Numbers from Nothing (Philip Sizek, 2015)
  • An Examination of the Golden Ratio in Nature and Music (Marjorie Etheridge, 2015)
  • The Scope of Fractals: Geometry, Iteration, and Application (Sebastian Weber, 2015)
  • The Truth about Lie Symmetries (Ruth Steinhour, 2013)
  • Quaternions and Octonions (Erin Davison, 2013)
  • Extensions of the Farey Sequence and Ford Circles (Allie Webb, 2013)
  • Iteration Digraphs (Hannah Roberts, 2012)
  • Similarly Intriguing and Perspectively Odd: Fractal and Projective Geometry Explored in MC Escher's Art (Adam Trontz, 2012)
  • Tighten Up: A Preliminary Study of Knots (Louisa Catalano, Math and Physics, 2011)
  • Analyzing Insurgency SItuations with an Emphasis on the Effect of Intelligence: An Adaptation of the Lanchester Model (John Mullet, 2010)
  • Investigation of Dioxybenzone-Alcohol Complexes through Spectral Deconvolution and an Analysis of Symmetric Groups and Character Tables (Rachel Lipner, Math and BCMB, 2009)
  • Topics in Multivariate Statistical Theory (Robert Ashmead, 2009)
  • The 6,670,903,752,021,072,936,960 Reasons Why Sudoku is a Puzzle Worth Solving (Bethany Smith-Polderman, 2008)

Recent Publications

  • Michael Bush, Danielle Shepherd, Joseph Smith, Sarah Smith-Polderman, Jennifer Bowen and John Ramsay, "Braid computations for the crossing number of Klein links" Involve: A Journal in Mathematics, Volume 8, No. 1, 169-179 (2015).
  • Freund, David, Smith-Polderman, Sarah, "Klein Links and Braids". Rose-Hulman Undergraduate Mathematics Journal. Volume 14, No. 1, 2013. (Paper authored by Dr. Bowen's Knot Theory research students)
  • Bowen, J., "Intersectionality and My Practice of Teaching Mathematics" in Banks and Pliner (Eds). Teaching, Learning, and Intersecting Identities in Higher Education. New York: Peter Lang Academic Publishers (2012).
  • Dresden, G., Bowen, J., Paul, R., Instructor’s Solutions Manual to Accompany Jon Rogawski’s Calculus: Multivariable (2nd edition). New York: W.H. Freeman, 2012.
  • Roche, Jennifer, "On Jordan Ideals and Matrix Rings". Linear Algebra and its Applications. Volume 431 Issue 9, 2009.

Awards and Professional Memberships

  • MAA Problem Books Series Editorial Board (2015-2018)
  • Mathematical Association of America
  • Phi Beta Kappa